Dear Client,

Dear Client,

I have just one friendly piece of advice I’d like to offer to you. And it’s very simple.

Please don’t underestimate me.

I know that I am young, and I probably look even younger. But I have been trained in this profession with 6+ years of college and two professional degrees. I have interned under licensed architects for over 5,000+ hours. I have studied and passed 7 exams in 11 months that tested my knowledge above and beyond my normal line of work. I am a licensed Architect.

I know that I am young, and there aren’t many 20-something year old architects out there, but that doesn’t mean that I cannot do my job. And lucky for you, as a young architect, if I don’t know what I’m doing, I will admit it and consult with architect that does. And yes, I’m well aware that have a lot left to learn, and I will continue to learn the rest of my career. But I can still do my job as an Architect.

I know that I am young, but I am a licensed professional. I have been hired to provide architectural services and I will do whatever it takes to provide the best services possible. So please don’t let my age make you nervous or question your decision to hire me. This is my job, this is my passion, this is my career – and I will do everything I can to make it successful.

So please don’t look surprised or bewildered when I shake your hand and introduce myself as your Architect, because that’s exactly what I am. I am an Architect, and I’m here to do an awesome job.

A Young Architect

This post is part of this month’s #ArchiTalks series. Please check out more blogs on the topic of “advice for clients” in the links below:

Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
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Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Advice for ALL Clients

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
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Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
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Collier Ward – One More Story (@BuildingContent)
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Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Advice List — From K thru Architect

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
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Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
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Eric Wittman – intern[life] (@rico_w)
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Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
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Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
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Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
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Samantha R. Markham – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
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Kyu Young Kim – J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
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Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
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Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
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Gabriela Baierle-Atwood – Gabriela Baierle-Atwood (@gabrielabaierle)
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3 Comments on “Dear Client,

  1. Samantha,
    I just heard you on the Young Architect Podcast. Great stuff. I love your blog, especially this post. Even in my mid-thirties I have had a client or two think I was too young. One guy said his architects typically had gray hair. Fortunately architects are getting younger and younger and it is no longer just an old man’s game. Keep up the good work! -Steve Ramos

    1. Thanks so much, Steve! It’s been great seeing the young architect numbers increase in recent years! I hope it continues!

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